Bloody Easter As SA Recorded Increase Road Accidents
18 April 2017 News
It was another Black Easter on South African roads with at least 33 dead in Gauteng, more than 30 in KwaZulu-Natal and 22 in the Western Cape, while the Road Traffic Management Corporation said on Monday it had issued nearly 20 000 fines for various traffic offences across the country during the Easter weekend.
Final figures for the country as a whole will only be made available on Friday, but there have been more deaths on Gauteng’s roads this Easter weekend than in 2016, according to the Gauteng traffic police’s preliminary figures.
Traffic police spokesperson Busaphi Nxumalo said 33 road fatalities had been recorded over the weekend – 13 pedestrians, 10 passengers, nine drivers and a motorcyclist. But Nxumalo said they had not experienced any major accidents in the City of Johannesburg.
“When I say major I mean having five people dead in a single scene, but we had a few accidents that have been recorded over the Easter weekend,” said Nxumalo.
The Johannesburg metro police department attended a hit-and-run at Chris Hani Road and Alekhine Street, Protea Gardens on Monday. The vehicle that hit the pedestrian is currently unknown to investigators. The pedestrian attempted to cross the road and the vehicle did not stop after the collision.
It was a tragic end to the Easter weekend on KwaZulu-Natal’s roads with crashes on Monday claiming the lives of at least 15 people and leaving more than 40 injured.
Ten people, including three children were killed in a crash involving three taxis on Monday night three children were killed. KZN EMS spokesman Robert McKenzie said the crash, on the N2 towards Port Shepstone, also left nine people injured.
Earlier on Monday three people were killed and 35 injured when two taxis collided on the N3 in Mooi River. ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said the three were declared dead at the scene having suffered multiple injuries. The other passengers had injuries ranging from minor to moderate, and were taken to hospital.
Also on Monday, on the North Coast, one man died and six were injured when two parked vehicles were hit by a passing car. Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said two vehicles had parked on the side of the highway and the occupants were changing a tyre on one of the cars when a third car crashed into both vehicles.
In New Germany, Pinetown, early on Monday, a driver was killed when his vehicle crashed into a crane. Rescue Care spokesman Garrith Jamieson said they were called out at about 3am and found the vehicle had veered off the road and hit a crane on the middle island of the road. The man had suffered major injuries and was declared dead at the scene.
McKenzie said 14 people had been killed on Good Friday when the bus they were travelling in veered off the road, overturned, and rolled down a 100 metre embankment before coming to a rest on the P15 road between Nkandla and Kranskop.
Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda visited the scene and later said that the SAPS collision unit, the Road Traffic Inspectorate and Public Transport Enforcement Services would conduct an investigation